Australian government announces $8m assistance scheme for Mr Fluffy asbestos victims, ACT government set to match it

A new $16 million scheme to financially support people exposed to loose-fill asbestos in their homes in Canberra is announced, with advocates calling it "the missing part of the Mr Fluffy response".
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Asbestos found at more than 100 Queensland schools and the search is still underway, Education Minister reveals

The state government has already spent more than $6.5 million to extract asbestos from more than 100 Queensland state schools in this financial year alone. Audits of the hazardous material have been underway for years.

Little Bay: Hundreds of asbestos pieces shut down Sydney beach

Randwick City Council will close the popular Little Bay Beach for two weeks after ongoing finds of asbestos materials since August 2020.

Forget the wrecking ball — Pittsburgh officials will test out deconstruction

Mayor Bill Peduto announces an approach to demolition that city officials hope will have social, environmental, and financial benefits.

AI technology used to track asbestos cancer tumours

Researchers create a prototype artificial intelligence system able to recognise mesothelioma tumours.

How to rebuild toxic public schools in Philly

Over the last two decades, D.C. has modernized 75% of its public schools. Philly school advocates say lessons can be learned from the movement there.

Mass. AG Maura Healey sues four companies over asbestos work at former Springfield YMCA

Three Massachusetts firms and a Rhode Island business were named in the complaint filed in Suffolk Superior Court.

A 'poster child' for policy failure: Will EPA ban asbestos?

Public health experts have long pointed to the failure to ban asbestos as an indictment of U.S. chemicals policy, and advocates are hoping that President Biden will revisit major regulatory decisions made under the Trump administration.

Teachers, students exposed to asbestos at Sunnybank State High School amid 'disturbing reports' of teachers writing in dust

An asbestos-containing area of Sunnybank State High School was breached in October, but parents were only told about it in a letter seven weeks later.

Eric D. Sullivan: Don’t let Missouri lawmakers cheat sick veterans out of justice for asbestos exposure

Three bills in the Missouri General Assembly would put the asbestos industry first. The VFW is not OK with that.

EPA to remove asbestos at 11 more Davidson sites, including park

The EPA will be back in Davidson next week to start another round of asbestos cleanups, including a town park. Meanwhile, work is wrapping up on removing asbestos-laden soil found during construction of a water main upgrade in the neighborhood.

Asbestos Town: Asbestos at the mill and in the Black neighborhood around it

Asbestos contamination from an old factory in Davidson is not just an environmental concern on site. It's also a problem throughout the historically African American neighborhood nearby. Part 2 of 3.


Asbestos Town: Davidson's legacy of asbestos contamination and distrust

Attempts to redevelop a 130-year-old cotton mill in downtown Davidson have failed. The problem is cancer-causing asbestos. Part 1 of 3.


Robyn Purchia: Safety of Treasure Island residents must be addressed

San Francisco needs to step up to improve health of low-income dwellers.

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